When it comes to natural beauty for expecting mothers, coconut oil is the holy grail. This nourishing oil is safe for use in expectant mothers for a wide range of applications, including hair and skin care. It is both gentle and soothing and may be applied directly to the body.
Learn more about the benefits of coconut oil and how it helps nourish dry hair and prevent stretch marks.
Coconut Oil for Hair Care
Coconut oil can be used to repair dry and damaged hair as well as soften and prevent stretch marks on the belly. During pregnancy, women often experience changes in their hair texture and growth. Most find that due to the rise of estrogen, their hair grows more quickly, is stronger, and more healthy. These changes are often short-lived, however. After giving birth, estrogen levels drop rapidly, leading to dry, brittle hair, and in some cases, hair loss.
Coconut oil is rich in caprylic and lauric. These fatty acids are ultra-moisturizing, making them an excellent solution for dry, brittle hair. As an added benefit, massaging coconut oil into the scalp also allows it to penetrate the cuticles on the fingertips, leading to healthier nails!
Moisturizing Hair and Scalp with Coconut Oil
Before washing your hair, apply coconut oil to the scalp. Massage it in for about three minutes. Using a comb, comb the hair from the root to the ends to distribute the oils evenly throughout the hair shaft. Place a warm towel over your head and allow the oil to sit for up to thirty minutes and then wash as usual. You may repeat this process once or twice a week.
Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks
As your pregnant belly expands, your skin expands with it. If the skin is dry, rapid expansion can lead to stretch marks. Daily full-body moisturizing is highly recommended to aid in the prevention of stretch marks and to increase skin elasticity, and coconut oil could be a big help.
It’s wise to continue using coconut oil, even postpartum, to help your skin “snap back” to its original state.
Coconut Oil as a Skin Cleanser
Skin changes during pregnancy can be attributed to hormone fluctuations. Help your skin by washing it regularly, especially the face. Coconut oil makes for a great moisturizing facial cleanser that’s gentle on the skin.
Rub coconut oil in between the palms. Apply directly to the face. Massage in gentle, small circular motions. Wet a muslin cloth with warm water and wipe the oil from the face. Pat dry with a soft towel.
Expecting mothers all over the world are raving about coconut oil and how it helps nourish dry hair and prevent stretch marks. It’s an all-natural product that is a genuine health and beauty staple. To check out some more tips on the journey to giving birth to life, be sure to see our blog!
Placenta Encapsulation has been a topic of great discussion for the last decade or so. More and more moms are choosing to have it done and many are experiencing the tremendous health benefits.
Recently, however, the birth community at large has created an uproar surrounding placenta encapsulation. This is because many insist that their way of doing it is the best way and only way. It has created a shameful and unnecessary division among birth professionals, who seem to be losing sight of the main goal of birth and postpartum work: a woman’s choice.
The conflict does not surround the benefits of placenta encapsulation. We all agree on that. Rather, some placenta encapsulators insist that their methodology is the only acceptable one.
Their way goes like this:
That is all. I and many others in the birth profession have a few problems with insisting on these methods as the only safe and acceptable ones.
Most importantly, as I mentioned, the client gets no choices in the matter. If she does not want it processed in her home, regardless of her reasoning, that’s too bad.
Length of Time
Most moms stay at the hospital for a day or two after giving birth. If a woman has had a cesarean, she may stay for 4 or 5 days. During that time, the placenta is being stored by the hospital for her to take home. The fact that a placenta remains at the hospital while the mom is staying in a mother-baby unit does not guarantee it’s being handled safely or properly.
Most hospitals see a placenta as medical waste, and they do not always have systems in place for storing, labeling, and preserving a placenta that someone wants to be processed. Having a placenta encapsulator pick up the placenta soon after birth ensures that it is going to be handled and processed quickly.
In addition, the longer a placenta sits unprocessed, the greater the risk of contamination, spoiling, or mishandling becomes. The safest option for producing a quality product is to process it as soon as possible. I’ve heard stories of women learning after the fact that their placenta was mislabeled, and therefore they didn’t even know it was theirs! In another situation, a woman’s placenta was being held by the hospital staff for her when it mistakenly got sent to the pathology department. When it came back to her in shreds, she could not encapsulate it.
Placenta encapsulation provides the greatest benefit to women as soon as possible after birth. That means that the longer it goes unprocessed, the longer a woman’s body goes without getting the benefits that are critical in helping women manage those first several days.
Conversely, a placenta encapsulator can pick the placenta up soon after birth and have placenta pills processed and delivered the day after birth when the mom’s hormones are at their greatest need for stabilization. She can have her placenta pills even before she leaves the hospital.
What if a client does not want the placenta processed in her home? There are plenty of valid reasons that a woman may not want a placenta to be processed in her home. A placenta encapsulator that does not honor those reasons is providing a disservice and a lack of choice to that woman. Most women just want to be left alone at home to rest after birth. What if a woman has a pet that she is concerned will try and eat the placenta as it’s dehydrating? (That has happened!) Furthermore, some women simply may not want the smell in their house and that is fair because even after birth, a woman’s nose is sensitive to smells.
Finally, to claim that the placenta owner’s home is the best place because it can be most sterile is unjustified. I could refute that by claiming that my method is safest because I sterilize equipment by a certified sterile supply technician with steam sterilization in an autoclave when other encapsulators are only trained to disinfect. If you hire a placenta encapsulator to make your placenta pills, you can ask questions in the interview about how they process it, what certifications and methods they use, and how they ensure safety. Just because it’s being done within the client’s home doesn’t mean it’s automatically safer there.
I offer both in the home and in office placenta encapsulation, and I feel that is what gives my clients the most options. In my experience, most choose NOT to have it processed at their home. Still, a few choose to have me do it in their homes, and I am certainly glad to do it that way for them! What’s important is a woman’s CHOICE in the matter. After all, birth professionals all over the world advocate for women’s choice – and they deserve to have that choice extend to their placenta encapsulation options as well.
Although New Life Blessings has a holistic family-centered parenting approach, every family is different and we aim to share a varied spectrum of methods that can help you find the best path for your family. We like to touch upon new gadgets and such, but always try to balance with instinctual thinking.
If your baby is healthy after birth, co-rooming/co-sleeping and co-bedding may be better options for sleep-deprived parents. Babies sleep better, parents sleep better and parents respond better! Moms tend to be light sleepers and will hear when baby wakes, often before crying, which helps success with breastfeeding. In this article, we’d like to focus on the families having some anxiety about their little one being out of their arms, as well as those with high medical needs. Instead of watching your baby get the ZZZs you should have too, there are apps to rely on for monitoring.
If you’re a new parent, the amount of things that you need to learn might seem overwhelming, from feeding to bedtime and everything in between. Here are a few tools and techniques for monitoring your sleeping child.
Using Technology and Apps to Monitor Your Baby
When we think of smartphones, we envision all the different things that can be done with them such as keeping up with friends and family on social media, paying bills, making reservations, checking the weather, and so on. However, our phones are capable of so much more than just menial, simple tasks. With the use of apps and devices, a smartphone can be used to fully monitor your baby even when you’re not physically in the same room.
Apps can provide a range of functionality for remotely keeping tabs on your baby including watching and listening as they sleep, comforting and speaking to your baby, and even monitoring your little one’s vital signs. Amazingly, this can all be accomplished with your smartphone.
How a Sock Monitor Can Provide Realistic Surveillance
At one time, baby monitoring devices were essentially designed based on technology similar to “walkie-talkies,” where parents could listen to their babies via radio signals over the air. These days, walkie-talkies have been replaced by more advanced technology; even products that can allow you to monitor your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate.
Sock monitors are quickly becoming more popular in the parenting scene, as they add an entirely new level of supervision. A sock monitor enables parents to keep real-time tabs on their babies’ health as they sleep through the night. Pairing this level of surveillance with a sound-enabled video feed is currently the best thing you can do to keep a close eye on your baby without actually being in the same room.
Your Baby’s Happiness Leads to Your Happiness
As a parent, you probably understand the statement, “My child’s happiness dictates my happiness,” better than anyone. When you can have peace of mind in knowing your baby is safe and happy, even when he/she is not in your immediate vicinity, it suddenly becomes a bit easier to rest and relax. With state-of-the-art baby monitoring, it’s easier than ever to ensure your child is happy, even when you can’t be around.